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noun, plural brag·ga·do·ci·os.
  1. empty boasting; bragging.
  2. a boasting person; braggart.
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Origin of braggadocio

after Braggadocchio, boastful character in Spenser's Faerie Queene (1590), apparently a pseudo-Italian coinage based on brag
Related formsbrag·ga·do·ci·an, adjective
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  • He had set them down as a set of landlubbers and braggadocios, and was disposed to treat them accordingly.


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British Dictionary definitions for braggadocios


noun plural -os
  1. vain empty boasting
  2. a person who boasts; braggart
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Word Origin

C16: from Braggadocchio, name of a boastful character in Spenser's Faerie Queene; probably from braggart + Italian -occhio (augmentative suffix)
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Word Origin and History for braggadocios



Spenser's coinage, 1590, as a name for his personification of vainglory, from brag, with augmentative ending by analogy to the Italian words then in vogue in England. In general use by 1594 for "an empty swaggerer;" of the talk of such persons, from 1734.

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